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MOPAR fan converts Plymouth Duster to electric

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If you want an electric car with some serious style, you could either fork over a ton of dough for an electrically-converted DeLorean or you could convert an older muscle car of some sort. We advise the latter. Take the early ’70s Chrysler A-Body, like the Plymouth Duster, for example. It’s relatively lightweight, has lots of room for batteries and has the easy-to-convert front engine, rear-wheel drive architecture with a full frame. Perfecto! And, you can even see an example of the work done rather nicely in a blog format.

Electricity storage comes by way of 26 six-volt Trojan T-125 batteries wired up to deliver 156 volts to the Netgain Warp 9 DC motor. A Logisysystems controller is capable of sending 550 Amps to the motor, which should make this machine move pretty smartly. The original three-speed manual transmission has had its clutch and flywheel removed and the motor is mated up. Batteries are now being installed. Check out all the progress here.

[Source: Electric Mopar via CarDomain]

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2 comments to MOPAR fan converts Plymouth Duster to electric

  • That’s crazy, I never even dreamed that this could be done. But, I like my car having a little muscular sound to it, that would be taking a lot of fun out of it!

  • Glad to see this, I have a 1974 Duster. (Owned from 1984) I was looking to do somthing other than the 360 that is in it know. I know we have tons of space in the trunk for the batterys. Glad to see that it has been done. So if I go with the EV over the LA 408ci small block or not.

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